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Prayer Exercises

These transformative exercises are provided for you to interact with the weekly Sunday sermon through reflection and prayer.
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  • Read the story as found in 1 Samuel 17.

    Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you who/what/where your present giant is.

    Reflect on the following points and talk to God about what you realize as you reflect with the Holy Spirit’s help.

    1. Where does your giant’s power lie?

    -          In producing fear?
    -          Pressing on an existing or previous wound?
    -          Influencing you to believe a lie about yourself or another?
    -          Causing you to lose hope somehow?
    -          Tempting you to give up, go back, think you are trying to be something you are not?

               Honestly talk to God about what comes out of this.

    2. What is your giant trying to tell you about yourself?

             Where is your giant causing you to forget all the other parts of your life and who you have been/are?

             Acknowledge this struggle to God. Ask for His power here.

    3. How will you fight your giant? Will you run away? Divert your attention? Try and conquer it on your own without anyone else’s help? Put out effort to control it?

    Ask the Spirit to lead you in knowing how to fight the giant in the Spirit.

    Seek to yield to the Spirit’s direction.

    4. What spiritual practice can help you to fight your giant? Use your imagination in how you could engage with one of these practices…if you could engage in a fresh way with one of these, what could it look like? Could reading a passage about hope Lectio Divina style with yourself a few times a week strengthen you to fight your giant? Could you engage with silent prayer, pressing into the power and peace of God’s presence? Could you gather a friend (s) to come and share in a prayer time with you, prefacing it with eating a simple meal together? Or go out for supper and then a prayer walk? Is there a sacrifice of praise that will lift you up in your weakness? Or a service towards someone else that translates in sacrifice because you lay aside your own grief/struggle? What about resting from fighting for a whole day this week? Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you here.

    -          The Word

    -          Prayer

    -          Table and Hospitality

    -          Generous Worship

    -          Service and Mission

    -          Sabbath

    5. Close with affirming out loud: “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. (1 Samuel 17:45)

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